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Archive for June 3rd, 2021

Trump’s DOJ Secretly Seized Phone Records from New York Times Reporters

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By Steve Neavling

President Trump’s Justice Department admitted it secretly seized phone records from four reporters for The New York Times as part of a leak investigation.  

It’s the third time in the past month that federal authorities disclosed they had surveilled journalists in an attempt to identify sources for national security stories during Trump’s presidency.

The Times reported Wednesday that the Justice Department had informed the newspaper of the seizure of phone records and secured a court order to take logs of the reporters’ emails.

The leak investigation occurred over a nearly four-month period in 2017. 

The Justice Department also disclosed that it had seized the phone logs of reporters for The Washington Post and the phone and email logs for a CNN reporter. 

“Seizing the phone records of journalists profoundly undermines press freedom,” Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The Times, said in a statement. “It threatens to silence the sources we depend on to provide the public with essential information about what the government is doing.”

The Justice Department did not identify the stories that were being investigated. But based on the reporters and timing of the investigation, The Times believes the probe was related to an April 22, 2017 article about then FBI Director James Comey’s handling of the 2016 presidential election investigation.

FBI Investigates Louisville Police Accused of Throwing Slushies at People

By Steve Neavling

The FBI is investigating Louisville Metro Police officers for allegedly throwing slushies or drinks at residents from police vehicles. 

Two officers have been demoted to desk duty while the investigation plays out, The Louisville Courier-Journal reports.

Chief Erika Shields said she became aware of the allegations last week. 

“Everything I’ve gotten to date has largely been hearsay,” Shields said at a Public Safety Committee meeting. “My sense is it will be another black eye to the department, and it’s going to show some very, very poor judgment by a select few individuals on this department.” 

Councilwoman Jessica Green said she’s “very disturbed” by the allegations. 

“I am very disturbed about the idea of narcotics detectives throwing snowcones on homeless Black people in West Louisville,” Green said. “I hope nobody makes excuses for that kind of behavior.”